During these crazy COVID days, I have found much joy in the lovely gardens I find online. One of the prettiest private gardens in the United States belongs to my dear friend, Bettie Bearden Pardee of Private Newport. Before starting her blog and writing two acclaimed books on her adopted home town – Living Newport: Houses, People, Style and Private Newport: At Home and in the Garden – Bettie led an 11 year career at Bon Appétit as a contributing editor producing “Entertaining with Style.” At the same time, she became the host and creative producer of a 13 part PBS series titled, “The Presidential Palate: Entertaining at the White House.” A design graduate of UCLA, she has received the Burlington Award for interior design. Bettie lectures extensively in the garden club and design world around the country, and her prized roses always steal the show at the annual Newport Flower Show.
In short, Bettie is practically perfect in every way. I met her about four years ago when living in South Florida, and I have had the privilege of visiting her breathtakingly beautiful home, Parterre… Bettie is just as warm and gracious as she is talented! Today, we will be taking a virtual tour of her exquisite gardens, which I will link to her corresponding blog articles. Throughout, you will note Bettie’s Parterre Bench – a bespoke piece of furniture made to exacting standards by a fourth generation Newport, Rhode Island craftsman – available here. The Parterre Bench has become an iconic garden accessory…
Such beauty and talent! To learn more about Bettie, please visit her website and blog and follow @privatenewport on Instagram. Tomorrow she will be featuring “Parterre’s Signature Garden Images 2020,” and you won’t want to miss! You might also enjoy the following articles from The Glam Pad…
- AT HOME AND IN THE GARDEN WITH BETTIE BEARDEN PARDEE
- BETTIE BEARDEN PARDEE’S 13 TIPS FOR THE GRACIOUS HOST AND PERFECT HOUSEGUEST
- NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND: BEHIND THE SCENES WITH BETTIE BEARDEN PARDEE
- TIMELESS CLASSIC STYLE BY OTTO ZENKE
- EDITH WHARTON’S NEWPORT SUMMER HOME